Geneva Girl Mauled by Dogs Has First Surgery

The 9-year-old Geneva girl mauled by dogs on Saturday underwent her first surgery Tuesday.

Surgeons started the first round of reconstructive surgery on her neck.

Her father says they are using muscle from her shoulder to cover the wound which exposed her carotid artery.

Meanwhile the family is asking the public to keep Mariah in their prayers.

The Carver family says they hold no ill feelings toward the dogs' owners.

A fund has been set up to help with her medical expenses.

If you would like to help, one fund is set up at City Bank of Hartford.

You can call them at 1-800-435-2074.


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  • by Anna Location: Geneva on Dec 1, 2007 at 06:51 AM
    My heart goes out to this family. I hope for a successful and speedy recovery for Mariah. Isn't it time that our elected OFFICIALS realize the importance of a dog lease law and the availability of a dog pound. The next incident may be more tragic. There are too too many dogs roaming our neighborhoods. Bless thus family.
  • by SHAWANDA Location: DOTHAN on Nov 28, 2007 at 07:54 PM
    MY PRAYERS GO OUT MARIAH AND HER FAMILY. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU IN HIS PRAYERS.
  • by JENNIFER Location: HARTFORD on Nov 28, 2007 at 12:48 PM
    MY PRAYERS ARE WITH SYLVIA AND BARRY AS WELL AS HER SISTER BRANDY AND HER TWO BOTHERS RUSTY AND BRIAN. I AM A NEIGHBOR AND A FAMILY MEMBER. THIS HAS ALL BEEN A SHOCK TO ALL OF US THAT LIVES IN THE NEIGHBOR HOOD AND TO THE FAMILY AS WELL.I NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS COULD HAVE HAPPEND IN OUR COMMUNITY. IT REALLY MAKES YOU STOP AND THINK OF YOUR OWN CHILDREN AND THEIR SAFETY IN THE NEIGHBOR HOOD. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THEM ALL.
  • by KK Location: Hartford on Nov 28, 2007 at 11:02 AM
    My thoughts and prayers are with Mariah and the family. My son went to school with Mariah, and this is a tragic situation. I hope a full physical recovery will be made. Mariah is one of the sweetest kids I know. God bless Mariah, and all of her family!
  • by Anonymous Location: Samson on Nov 28, 2007 at 09:06 AM
    My prayers go out to Mariah and her family.
  • by joann Location: dothan on Nov 27, 2007 at 06:17 PM
    my prayers are with miriah during this time of hospitalization & hope her a speedy recovery
  • by j m Location: g'ville on Nov 27, 2007 at 05:11 PM
    I believe, that the reporter meant to say that this surgery was to help cover the child's CAROTID artery. It is TRAGIC that a 9 year old almost died from her injuries from a pack of dogs!!
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